There are seven ability levels for SkiMeisters. Each ski day, the members separate into groups within these skiing levels. Some days, particularly Sundays, there may not be enough members to have all seven levels so skiers will be divided into more informal groups.
Level 1: Discontinued
Level 2: Skis groomed slopes only, avoiding all bump trails, and may, on occasion, ski some powder. Skis easy as well as moderate blue trails, such as Butch’s Breezeway to the road and then over to Jack Kendrick, and, occasionally Lonesome Whistle. Skis at moderate speeds with several stops.
Level 3: Skis groomed slopes only, avoiding all bump trails, but may, on occasion, ski some powder. Skis all blue and blue-back (and occasional black) groomed trails. Skis at varying rates of speed (slow, medium or fast) depending on the make-up of the particular group and makes some stops.
Level 4: Should be a high intermediate skier when on groomed trails and wants to improve his/her bump techniques. This level skis a mix of groomed trails and small bumps. Bump runs are skied slowly with frequent stops. When numbers of skiers allow, there will be both a lower and upper level 4 group. Lower level 4 groups will ski terrain geared to beginning bump skiers and will include easier bump trails such as JabberRabbit, upper Engeldive to Butch’s Breezeway, Dogpatch, Mary Jane trail to the middle section of Rainbow Cut and then back to Mary Jane trail, Wildwood Glade, Forever Eva, Parry’s Peek and the lowest section of the Pioneer Express trail. In addition, the Upper level 4 groups will also ski more difficult bump trails such as Bradley’s Bash, Chuck Wagon, the middle section of the Pioneer Express trail, lower Arrowhead Loop, Bellmar Bowl, lower Sterling Way, Larkspur and lower Roundhouse.
Level 5: Should be a high intermediate skier when on groomed trails and an intermediate bump skier. This level skis a mix of groomed trails and blue-black and moderate black bump trails. When numbers of skiers allow, there will be both a lower and upper level 5 group. Lower level 5 groups will ski any of the Upper level 4 terrain plus Over ‘n Underwood, Engeldive, Tweedle Dum, Aces & Eights, Gambler, all of the Pioneer Express trail, lower Golden Spike, Mary Jane trail, Rainbow Cut, Narrow Gauge, Side Track, Sleeper, Roundhouse, Calypso, and Kinnikinnick. The upper level 5 will include all of the above plus Little Pierre, Mulligan’s Mile, Norwegian, Outrigger, Retta’s Run, Gandy Dancer, upper Golden Spike, Trestle, Johnstone Junction, Willett’s Way and Thunderbird.
Level 6: Should be an advanced bump skier. This level skis any black bump trail and generally skis only black trails and seeks powder when available. Bump runs are skied at moderate speeds with several stops. With proper snow conditions, this level may ski some of the named runs that involve skiing in the trees.
Level 7: Should be an expert bump skier. This level skis only black bump trails at a fast speed with rare stops. Seeks powder runs when available. With proper snow conditions, this level will ski in the trees.